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Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards is confident that the team has learnt a valuable lesson from yesterday’s 30-22 loss to the Canberra Raiders.

Racing out to an early 22-0 lead in the match at Leichhardt Oval, Wests Tigers were unable to stop a flurry of tries from the visitors who ran in five unanswered tries.

Richards addressed the media today at the team’s recovery session and was adamant that the team need to be more consistent each week.

“We started the game very well yesterday and we should’ve been able to close it out,” he said. “We are very disappointed in the way that we finished that game off but we have learnt some lessons from it.”

“The biggest lesson is that we can’t clock of, the NRL is a really tough competition and if you do that then teams get a sniff.

“We found yesterday that once Canberra got on a roll they were pretty hard to stop, so we learnt a big lesson there and hopefully that won’t happen again.

“We need to be more consistent in our performances and we showed at the start of the game that we can play good footy but it’s about 80-minute performances.

“We need to be better at training this week and take some consistency out on the field.”

Wests Tigers will now turn focus to the Round 8 clash with the Bulldogs this Friday at ANZ Stadium.

Watch the full press conference from Pat Richards above.

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